Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Reading! (Binge Reading, Binge Writing, and Cover News!)

As a high school teacher, there's nothing I enjoy more about the summer than binge reading. So in honor of summer, today I have a little suggested reading to make your summer sparkle! But before we dive into those great books, a few announcements... First, I'm super excited to announce that the cover reveal for my upcoming release, WATCH YOUR BACK, will be next Monday, June 23 (think thrills and chills!). BLOGGERS, we'd love to have you help out by sharing the cover - just e-mail   I hope you'll check out my website Monday for the cover reveal, but meanwhile you can already add WATCH YOUR BACK on Goodreads here.

Of course, a close second to summer binge reading is summer binge writing! If that's your passion as well, check out these writing process blog hop stops: Kristin Lenz, Katie Van Ark, Vicky Lorencen, Marissa Doyle, Patti Richards, Shutta Crum, Kurt Hampe, and me.

And now for your binge reading! Here are a few titles that I enjoyed to get you started...and please use the comments section to add your some of your own suggestions. Happy reading!

A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)

ROYALLY LOST by Angie Stanton

Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU by Paige Harbison
Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other's backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can't remember and Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden, can't forget. Suddenly there's a question mark in Natalie and Brooke's friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)


PJ Sharon said...

These all look so good! I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars. Haven't seen the movie yet, but looking forward to it. I've also got Huntley Fitzpatrick's What I Thought was True next up on my Kindle.

Tracy Bilen said...

I'm going to see the Fault in Our Stars with my critique group. And you'll love Huntley's new book - it's awesome! (But warning: you won't be able to put it down!)

Lisa Tapp said...

Huntley and Katie McGarry are in my TBR pile for this summer. I'm anxious to get to both of them.

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome suggestions and my goodness, do I have a TBR pile for the summer. If I can get through the 130 titles on my list in the next 1.5 years, I think I might even add a couple of these. ;)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your new book! And thanks for the book recommendations. Hoping my summer will include lazy reading days.